cat allergies

Can Cats Be Allergic to Litter?

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Allergies are an extreme reaction of the immune system to common substances in a cat’s everyday environment. Just like in humans, feline allergies can be caused by trees, grasses, dust, fabrics, cleaning product, perfumes, food, and more. A lesser known cause of feline allergies is cat litter. Cat litter may contain chemicals, bentonite, silica dust, clay and fragrances that can cause allergies and lead to litter box avoidance.Continue Reading

Cats and Houseguests

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Cats are creatures of routine, and most cats won’t appreciate having this routine disrupted by the arrival of a stranger who may take over the spare bedroom, make demands on their human’s time, and generally disrupt their previously peaceful existence. In order to make having guests a pleasant experience for all members of your household, a little planning ahead goes a long way.Continue Reading

Living With Cat Allergies

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When someone is allergic to cats, the most common advice given by physicians is to get rid of the cat. Allergies are also one of the top five reasons why cats are returned to shelters. However, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 10 million people choose to share their homes with cats and dogs despite being allergic.Continue Reading

Feline Allergies

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Allergies are an extreme reaction of the immune system to common substances in a cat’s every day environment. Feline allergies can be a vexing problem for cat guardians and veterinarians. This article provides an overview of allergy symptoms, and of how feline allergies are diagnosed and treated.

Feline allergy symptoms

Allergies can manifest with a wide array of symptoms:

  • Sneezing, coughing and wheezing
  • Itchy skin/increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyesContinue Reading

Allergic to Kitty? Don’t Panic!

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Guest post by Sally Bahner

It’s an all-too-common scenario. A cat lover meets the man of her dreams. But he’s allergic to her kitty. A choice must be made between the two, and often the cat ends up losing his home.

It doesn’t have to be like that. Just ask Holly Tse of California. For her and her husband Zunaid, love – and persistence – conquered all, including his allergy to her cat Furball.

Zunaid’s reaction to Furball when they started dating several years ago was immediate, with the characteristic itchy eyes, wheezing and cough. Their early dates took place outside Holly’s apartment, but when the relationship turned serious,giving up Furball was not an option.

The couple moved into a bright, spacious townhouse,where Zunaid attempted without a lot of success to control his allergies using various conventional methods, including air purifiers and allergy medication. What finally worked for him Continue Reading